Investors Sell Ford Motor (F) on Strength (F)

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Investors sold shares of Ford Motor (NYSE:F) on strength during trading on Friday. $39.88 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $293.88 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $254.00 million out of the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Ford Motor had the 23rd highest net out-flow for the day. Ford Motor traded up $0.02 for the day and closed at $8.43

Several brokerages have commented on F. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Ford Motor from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, March 1st. Zacks Investment Research cut Ford Motor from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 10th. Deutsche Bank assumed coverage on Ford Motor in a research note on Thursday, December 13th. They issued a “buy” rating for the company. Seaport Global Securities assumed coverage on Ford Motor in a research note on Wednesday, February 13th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $8.46 price target for the company. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Jefferies Financial Group reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $11.00 price target on shares of Ford Motor in a research note on Tuesday, January 8th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have assigned a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. Ford Motor has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $10.29.

The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.80, a current ratio of 1.20 and a quick ratio of 1.08. The firm has a market capitalization of $33.42 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 6.48, a P/E/G ratio of 0.78 and a beta of 1.04.

Ford Motor (NYSE:F) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, January 23rd. The auto manufacturer reported $0.30 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.30. Ford Motor had a return on equity of 14.38% and a net margin of 2.29%. The firm had revenue of $38.70 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $36.83 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.39 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up .5% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, equities research analysts forecast that Ford Motor will post 1.21 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 1st. Investors of record on Thursday, January 31st were issued a $0.15 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, January 30th. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a yield of 7.12%. Ford Motor’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 46.15%.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Howe & Rusling Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Ford Motor by 173.0% during the fourth quarter. Howe & Rusling Inc. now owns 3,631 shares of the auto manufacturer’s stock worth $28,000 after buying an additional 2,301 shares during the last quarter. Lavaca Capital LLC acquired a new position in shares of Ford Motor in the fourth quarter valued at $32,000. Csenge Advisory Group acquired a new position in shares of Ford Motor in the third quarter valued at $42,000. Ipswich Investment Management Co. Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Ford Motor in the fourth quarter valued at $37,000. Finally, First Mercantile Trust Co. acquired a new position in shares of Ford Motor in the fourth quarter valued at $39,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 52.74% of the company’s stock.

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About Ford Motor (NYSE:F)

Ford Motor Company designs, manufactures, markets, and services a range of Ford cars, trucks, sport utility vehicles, and electrified vehicles worldwide. It operates through three segments: Automotive, Mobility, and Ford Credit. The Automotive segment sells Ford and Lincoln vehicles, service parts, and accessories through distributors and dealers, as well as through dealerships to commercial fleet customers, daily rental car companies, and governments.

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